Generation Lockdown: Exploring possible predictors of technology phobia during the Coronavirus self-isolation period


  • Neil Anthony Daruwala Derby University



 The purpose of this article is to present possible psychological consequences of using ICT, especially online communication applications, during the Coronavirus lockdown. With humans already testing their mental fortitude due to the enforced isolation period, the paper proposes that predictors of technology phobia such as computer anxiety may also arise. The root causes of technophobia are centred around computer dependency, data surveillance, information overload, poor user experience and personality type. Furthermore, scenarios such as a complete internet shutdown, the development of social distancing apps and the introduction of 5G are also dissected within the article. Finally, the reader is presented with ideas on feasible solutions and coping mechanisms in dealing with technology-related stress. It seems evident that there exists a need for academia and governmental entities to work in- tandem in order to implement common-sense legislation.